Jury selection underway for Christina Morris kidnapping trial

- Jury selection began Tuesday for the man accused of kidnapping Christina Morris.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys for 26-year-old Enrique Arochi must pick from a pool of 125 potential jurors at the Collin County courthouse.

Morris’ father was there along with other relatives, but her mom and step-mom were not present.

Arochi was wearing a gray suit and tie and sat quietly facing the prospective jurors. He’s charged with aggravated kidnapping. He was the last person seen with Morris before she disappeared two years ago.

Prosecutors asked potential jurors if they could deliver a guilty verdict if the state proved a hypothetical case beyond a reasonable doubt but did so with circumstantial evidence only.

Just before lunch, jurors filled out and turned in a questionnaire which asked specifically about the media coverage they'd seen or heard.

Surveillance video shows them walking together in a parking garage at the Shops at Legacy in Plano. Police said Morris’ DNA was later found in the trunk of Arochi’s car, but her body was never found.

Last week a judge made arrangements for jurors to physically see the trunk. The judge also cleared some evidence, including testimony about bite marks on Arochi.

Morris’ loved ones hope the trial will finally reveal exactly what happened to her. More than 150 witnesses have been subpoenaed.

If convicted, Arochi faces a possible life sentence. He’s been held at the Collin County jail since his arrest at the end of 2014.

The trial is expected to last two or three weeks.

 

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